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Road Trip

In less than three days, (this Monday) I will pick up Maki at the Vancouver airport. The following day we will be leaving, southbound, for California. The plan is fairly free-form, but places I want to hit are Florence (do the Oregon sand dunes with dune-buggies!), the Oregon Coast (obviously), San Francisco, Monterey (supposedly hosts a really good aquarium! – hells ya!), and Santa Monica for the sweet sweet beach. I have reserved a Pontiac G6 (The Bravery does the theme music??? – sweet) and got some maps and a “TripTik” through BCAA. I figured (and heard) a GPS navigator would be very useful on a road trip, but renting one for two weeks is simply not worth it – you might as well buy one. If I had a car, I probably would. But I don’t. Jeremy and his wife, Leanne, were kind enough to lend me theirs (though I did kind of beg). 😛 So last night, I headed out to Richmond and visited and picked up their GPS. Sweet. Things are coming together, but I still got lots of stuff to do. Pack. Clean my room (long overdue). Um… some more planning stuff.

While I was at Jeremy’s, we ate tacos (delicious) and played some XBOX 360. (His two daughters are becoming bigger and much more talkative.) Now, this may sound strange, but I’ve never actually really played an XBOX 360 before. We did some Guitar Hero 3 (which I have played before, and is great), Bioshock, Ghost Recon 2 (I think), and Call of Duty 3. Aside from GH3, the rest are all first-person-shooters. The graphics on the 360 are obviously way better than Wii, but I do find myself missing the Wii remote for FPS controls. The games are still fun, and I do like the 360 controller, but it’s not the best suited for FPS – which is ironic since those are the most popular.

Anyway, I gotta get back to cleaning and stuff.

This trip will be awesome and I’m really looking forward to seeing Maki again! 🙂

Say Uncle

A lot of things have happened over the last month or so that I haven’t really mentioned, as I’ve been fairly busy, tired, lazy, or all of the above. Let me see… a (mostly) chronological bullet-point of events:

  • I went snowboarding at Cypress with my brother (Jan 23). Was awesome.

    My brother and I on the lift

    Here’s a couple videos my brother took of me snowboarding. Impressive camera work, actually! Not as impressive boarding. Notice my arms are pretty active. 🙂 But not bad. Keep in mind, I think this is only my 8th time snowboarding in like 7 or 8 years? Video1 (more of a trial, 6MB), and Video2 (24MB)

  • I’m now 27 years OLD (Jan 25th). Managed to let that one slip by, somehow….
  • Went to the Ruby Barcamp in Gastown. Met Shirley and an old classmate there. Saw some Python groupies, as well, scoping the competition. (Jan 26th)
  • I also briefly went to Prince Rupert (Jan 29-31), which was interesting, in a small-town kinda way. Really beautiful looking out across a foggy Tuck Inlet at dusk. Didn’t get out and about as much as I would have liked. Funny (terrible?) method to get there (plane, bus, ferry, bus).

    Coming into Rupert on the Ferry

    Looking out across Tuck Inlet

  • Went to the Brickhouse with Jesse and his friend, John. Really cool atmosphere in a not-so-cool area. Also cemented my dominant status. Again. (Feb 8 )
  • I’m now an Uncle! … er… Biologically! At 4:20am on Feb 12th, my big brother and his girlfriend had a baby boy. He’s very tiny and cute. And tiny. Congratulations guys! Not sure how my brother will be able to use his other Cypress ticket now…. he’ll be busy!
  • On Feb 14th, I gained step-family when my dad remarried. More congratulations! The wedding was in Las Vegas , so I was there for a few days (Feb 13-16), hanging out with siblings and losing money – which was pretty fun.

    Vegas at night

    Huge Alcoholic Slushies!

    My sister and I are holding huge alcoholic slushies with extra shots that come in test tubes!
  • Failed to meet up with Shirley for the VanUE meeting. Walked around downtown for an hour with the wrong address in my head. Doh. Went to Guu with Shirley and John, after. (Feb 21)
  • Oh, and I did a day-long course on Aircraft Ditching and Underwater Egress. It’s not every day you get to be dunked in a pool with all your clothes on! Really good experience, actually. I Hope I never have to use what I practised. 🙂 (Feb 18)

Anyway, it’s been a pretty crazy month. Some more pictures forthcoming. Maybe.